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If your Mobo doesn't allow for OCing, are you certain it'll handle the stock 980 well? (IE most OEM Mobo's are capped at 95w TDP, 980 is 125w, also your Mobo may require an update to accept anything over a 965/970).

I can play Skyrim on High with my X4@3.5GHz/2.5GHz NB with solid 60FPS (VSync), haven't seen it dip below 58 when really trying to cause a scene on the screen, and that was for a split second only.

Does your Mobo not even allow the Turbo Core feature to work? ~3.2GHz
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Saracin View Post

Games primarily. Skyrim, WoW, other assorted games.
I would also like to be able to run older games well, which my 1045T cannot do frown.gif

you need to run older OS that the old game was designed for.
Just install Windows XP on a different drive and use it to run old games.
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If you have an OEM board, Upgrading the CPU won't really help a lot (and as said, may not even support a higher wattage CPU). even if you could OC your current processor to ~3.5 you would see some improved performance.

If you had a good AMD board, I would say upgrade the CPU, but it looks like your going to have to get a new board to really see any improvement, so you may as well go i5.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Saracin View Post

Cost of the AMD processor variant will be around $130-$160.
Cost of the Intel processor variant will be around $500.

Not entirely true...

You can get the i5-2500K with an Asrock z68/p67 Extreme 4 motherboard, for under $350.. especially if you have a Microcenter near you as they're selling the 2500k's at $180 compared to Newegg and Tigerdirect selling at $230. If you buy it at Microcenter, they will give you $60 off the cost of any Z68 Motherboard; but the deal only applies to In-Store purchases.

Even without that deal though, you can still get the 25K and a decent Motherboard at a decent price well under $350...

The Asrock Z68 Exteme4 Gen3 Motherboard is becoming VERY popular with the i5-2500k's and proving to be quite the overclocker!

Since we don't know what hardware you already have, but you say you already do have an AMD board that can support the Phenom II 970's; then I am going to presume you already have a couple sticks of DDR3; you can use that with the 25K which will save you some money... if not, then 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 kits are selling for under $45 right now; and the 4GB kits even cheaper!

As for the case.

Why, would you need to change your case?

Lastly, if you want the best preformance out of your existing AMD board, then you should look at the Phenom II x6 chips; rather then the quads.
     
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post #25 of 25
depends on the game - crysis2, bf3, and others are very cpu intensive. if you're a serious gamer I'd get the 2500k, if you do light gaming then just go with the phenom.
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